Product of Eugene – A Product Design Apprenticeship Program 

A partnership between Lane Arts Council and the University of Oregon Department of Product Design. 

The Product of Eugene program offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities in graphic, digital and physical design. Students pair with a professional product designer (often UO instructors or alumni), utilizing the technology available at the 942 Olive building in Downtown Eugene. This 13,000 sq. ft. building features classrooms, studios, digital design lab, plastics lab (with 3D printers, laser cutter, analog shop tools) and exhibition spaces.

Students work alongside their mentor to understand the profession of product design, explore specific ways to approach design, and begin creating innovative products of their own. In addition to learning a creative practice, students also explore the business aspects of a creative career, bolstering college and career readiness regardless of their chosen field.

The apprenticeship program:

  • Pairs 2-3 students with an artist mentor, for a total of 25 after-school hours over a 10 week period for intensive, direct learning.
  • Supports students in creating a hands-on project that can be presented or demonstrated at the end of the term.
  • Introduces business aspects of a creative career.
  • Provides students professional training opportunities through workshops and community talks with international designers.

Professional artists, designers, educators and arts organizations are working together to guide students who may be considering a career in design or another creative field. Whether or not students pursue these careers, the Product of Eugene experience will help them cultivate “world of work” skills they can utilize in any profession.

Past Product of Eugene mentors have brought experience in wood and metal design, fashion design, graphic design, digital projection, 3D rendering, ceramics and electrical engineering.

YES! We will offer our Arts Apprenticeship program again in the 2019-2020 school year! Students are welcome to apply for our Fall 2019 Term using the link below.

Important Dates for Fall Term:

  • Applications Due: September 16th
  • Kick Off Event: September 25th
  • 10-Week Apprenticeship Collaboration: September 30th-December 6th
  • Final Showcase: December 6th

Applications are now closed for Fall Term. Applications for Winter Term will be made available starting October 1st.

This program is a partnership with the University of Oregon Department of Product Design and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.



Images from Product of Eugene during the 2017-2018 school year: